Racing the Italy Divide 2019

I am really excited to announce my first race of 2019 is, the Italy Divide. A 1150km solo and unsupported event, 85% off-road, from Napoli to Garda. I will be racing on a Fairlight Secan.

The race starts on the 25th April at 14:00, in Naples.

Tracking here: http://trackleaders.com/italydivide19

 

A segment of the route that I toured with a friend last year.

 

I am motivated by a new challenge outside of my comfort zone, going off tarmac, onto gravel and rock. I’ve experienced similar surfaces in short form in The Transcontinental Race No.3 and No.6, but this will be another level. I am going into the race with fair expectations, simply to finish. It’s a new experience for me, time to go back to the drawing board and learn how to race off-road.

The terrain I’ll be facing!

 

The route for the Italy Divide is incredible, taking in 85% off road, only deviating onto tarmac infrequently. Meandering around the Tuscan Strade Bianche. The race promeses to be tough on the body and mind, with unrelenting short sharp climbs and bumpy roads. At 1150km long it’s going to be a sprint!

Italy Divide 2019 route

 

In August 2018 I toured a portion of the Italy Divide race route and fell in love. I knew there and then, tearing up and down the Tuscan trails I would have to return to race in 2019. I have always had an affinity for Italy, for beyond bicycles my loves are espresso and pizza. Pictured below are our touring rigs (Fairlight Secan) outside perhaps the best sandwich shop I’ve ever eaten, All’antico Vinaio, Firenze.

(I also have a love for this sandwich shop in Firenze)